Incident Summary:

11/28/2002: Two missiles missed a jet belonging to Arkia, an Israeli charter airline, as the plane had taken off from Mombasa airport, Mombasa, Kenya. There was no damage to the plane, and none was injured aboard the plane. The plane continued to fly toward Tel Aviv. Government officials suspected al-Qaida was responsible for the attack. An Islamist website published a message purportedly from the al-Qaeda terror network claiming responsibility for the attacks in Kenya.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description An Arkia airplane taking off from the Mombasa airport
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Two missiles were used in the incident.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida (suspected) Army of Palestine No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Thanksgiving Terror; Terrorism,” Economist.Com, November 28, 2002.
Sammy Ketz, "Terrorism Expert Says Kenya Attacks 'Certainly Al-Qa'ida',” Paris AFP (North European Service), November 28, 2002.
"Al-Qaida Involved in Kenya Blast,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel Valley, CA), November 30, 2002.